“Plas la Rasanbleman” (The Gathering Place)
Well known and respected artist, Samuel Saint Louis, likes to capture daily Haitian life through his use of vibrant colors in his oil-based paintings.
Artist: Samuel St. Louis
Size: 20” x 23 ¾”
“Kèk Travay Lap Fè Chak Jou” (Daily Chores)
The majority of Haitians utilize rivers and streams for bathing, laundry, cooking, and drinking. In rural areas, many Haitians retrieve drinking water from unprotected sources such as wells and streams, while Haitians living in urban areas obtain drinking water from bottled water, unprotected wells, or carts with drums containing water. Water in small plastic bags or bottles is treated and/or imported.
Artist: Samuel Saint Louis
Size: 20” x 24”
“Yon Sevis Ofrann Bet Kochon” (A Pig Sacrifice)
This painting depicts a Vodoo ceremonial sacrifice of a pig. Vodoo or “Vodou”, as it is known in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, is the result of the pressures of many different cultures and ethnicities of people who were uprooted from Africa and imported to Haiti in the African slave trade. Under slavery, African culture and religion was suppressed, lineages were fragmented, and people pooled their religious knowledge and from this fragmentation became culturally unified. In addition to combining the spirits of many different African and Amerindian nations, Vodou has incorporated pieces of Roman Catholic liturgy to replace lost prayers or elements. This syncretism allows Vodou to encompass the African, the Indian, and the European ancestors in a whole and complete way. It is truly a Kreyòl religion.”
Size: 30” x 24”
“Ale Nan Bato L ‘” (Going to His Boat)
Murat Louis began selling his artwork in 1997 at a small shop in Pétionville, a small suburb in the northern hills of Port-au-Prince, Haiti . Using watercolor as his medium, he began painting Haitian village scenes in the 1960s with another Haitian artist. He has recently gained international recognition and is one of the few Haitian watercolor artists to achieve success. Murat hopes to expand his business by teaching “…children to paint so they can help their own families.” Murat supports his wife and growing family through sales of his paintings.
Artist: Murat Louis
Size: 20” x 23 ½”